Free Halo Fan-Made Game For PC Has An Awesome Cinematic Trailer

Check out the cool video for the fan-made game, Installation 01.

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Although there's not been a mainline Halo game on PC since Halo 2, PC players still have something Halo-related to look forward to. Installation 01 is a fan-made tribute to the Halo series, and the developers just released a cool new cinematic trailer.

The video is essentially a tribute to Halo multiplayer with some flourishes thrown in. It gives a sense of the player models, environments, and gear that you can expect from Installation 01. The creators have clearly taken time to make sure that the Spartans and Elites look like you remember them. They seem to be based primarily off of Halo 3 models, and Halo 3-specific weapons like the detachable turret and the spike grenade appear. You can check out the video below.

Although the Halo 3 inspiration is most obvious, the creators say that it evokes parts of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo: Reach as well.

For those who are wondering if this is legal, the developers say that they are following Microsoft's content usage rules closely and have not ripped any assets from Halo games. They instead have either designed the assets from scratch or acquired them through the Unity asset store.

There's no word yet on when Installation 01 will be playable to a wide audience. However, if the website is any indication, the team has high ambitions: there are pages for in-game stat tracking and file sharing, and gameplay video from last year shows that they are shooting to make as realistic of a Halo experience as possible.

Installation 01 will launch for PC across Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems.

If you've been waiting for news from the official Halo series, you'll have to wait a bit longer: developer 343 Industries is not planning to show Halo 6 at E3 2017. However, it will have "a little something" to share.

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Fools... Lawyer cease-and-desist in 3... 2... 1...

How many times do people need to be reminded of how easily they can just change their assets a LITTLE, not use any branding, and their "tribute" (plagiarism) will survive just fine?

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Looks better than the current Halo games

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@moonco: you're kidding right? lol

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@kanekan-slaugh: Always :-)

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@moonco: XD I get it, hilarious dude. I was confused for sec because the last halo was awhile

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@moonco: Halo 3 looks better than Halo 5?

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Speaking of those copyright rules: "The rules note that these creations have to be for "noncommercial and personal use," describing possibilities as machinima, videos, and "other cool things." They don't specifically talk about building an actual, playable game (free or not), so it's possible Microsoft could take issue with the project. The rules note Microsoft "can revoke this limited use license at any time and for any reason."

I'm gonna bet they will take issue with this project; however, I doubt the devs have gotten this far without receiving some sort of blessing from MS. That said, this wouldn't be the first time we heard about a project receiving blessing from a publisher only to be C&D'd later.

I'd love to see this project make it, though, especially if they can add Reach's armour customization system. That was the only time I cared about unlocking stuff. The permutations were cool in that game.

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@Barighm: There's no paid Halo FPS on PC at the moment (Halo 5 for Win10 is free and doesn't include matchmaking) so it's not like this would be pulling players or revenue away from anything

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@Spartan_418: IP is IP, regardless.

There's never been a Pokemon game, but N drops those C&D's on indie PC devs annually.

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Not bad. Interestingly high level of detail for that trailer for in-game rendering and indie assets made from scratch.

I like how it looks like they can do this too because of MS.

Will have to keep an eye on this, especially since it's free...

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